I had a hen go broody on December 1st. She has bad diarrhea that just will not quit. I've tried everything at this point that I know to do other than worm her (that's next), and she continues to have diarrhea. Since I figured it would not be safe, I took the two baby chicks that successfully hatched away from her at hatching. I know that is probably cruel to her, but I had to think about the health of the chicks. Both chicks are very healthy living in a brooder, and neither has diarrhea. But because I took her chicks away, she continues to brood. She cried so much when the last egg (which exploded) was taken away from her that we put a single egg underneath her, and frankly, it's been sitting under her for nine days now. We just don't want another baby (we live in the city and just cannot handle another baby chick), so we're going to take it away from her tomorrow and give her another egg to sit on. I'm just wondering: if we don't let her deliver a live chick AND keep it, how long will she continue to brood?